I have two cameras.
One is a decent Canon Thingy which takes reasonable pictures and the other is my mobile phone which takes crap pictures.
Looking back over my vast stock of images taken over the last fifteen to twenty years the vast majority have one thing in common – no people. I like photographing scenery or things, to capture a memory or something particularly unusual. Occasionally people get in the way so they get included too, but mostly not. then there are the family occasions where people are a sort of necessity otherwise there wouldn't be much point in taking the photograph.
Another thing in common is that none of those photographs show me.
I'm not unusually camera shy, but I know what I look like [that’s what mirrors are for] and I don't see the point in photographing myself. Who the fuck wants to know what I look like? Add to that the simple fact that I'm the one behind the camera and you'll see why I don't have many of myself.
I am therefore completely baffled at the whole idea of the "selfie". Why in the name of fuck would I want to take loads of photographs of myself and stick them on the Interwebs? Who fucking cares what I look like? Who is supposed to admire these "selfies"? Is it a vanity thing? Is it somehow bragging? I am at a loss for words here.
I can understand why people take photographs of landmarks. If you visit the Grand Canyon or Paris then it's reasonable to take a snap of the cliffs or the Eiffel Tower but why does the photographer have to be included? In most cases it just spoils the scene anyway.
I have this picture in my mind of digital archeologists in the distant future looking through the innumerable terabytes of images cluttering up the world's servers.
Jayzus but they were a right bunch of egotistical self obsessed cunts, back at the start of the Twenty First Century!